Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 20, 2013

Russell M. Pierson

May 2, 1922 - Nov. 16, 2013


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Russell M. Pierson, 91, Greentown, went to be with the Lord at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Northwoods Village in Kokomo. Born May 2, 1922, in Flat Rock, Ill., he was the son of the late Medford P. and Gladys (Highsmith) Pierson.

He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp (now U.S. Air Force), serving in Italy during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and his master’s degree in science from Purdue University.

In 1954, he married Rachel Owen in Charleston, Ill., and she preceded him in death in 1964. In 1965, he married Mildred Geffs, and she preceded him in death in 1996. In 1997, he married Patty Pasmoga in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and she survives.

He was employed with Delco Electronics as an engineer for 25 years, retiring in 1980. He then taught at Indiana University Kokomo for 5 years. He was a member of Alto Road Church of Christ (now Center Road Church of Christ), American Legion Post #317 of Greentown, Kokomo Kiwanis. He also was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America Appalachian Trail Conference, attaining the Silver Beaver Award.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Pierson, Kokomo; one son, Richard (Dawn) Pierson, Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Peggy Pierson, Charleston, Ill.; one grandson, Perry Pierson, Tulsa, Okla.; and one nephew and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first and second wives; one daughter, Rebecca Pierson in 2005; and one brother, Gerald Pierson in 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with Lynn Brust officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens with military rites by the U.S. Air Force and the Kokomo Military Rites Team. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorials may be directed to the Center Road Church of Christ Building Fund. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary. You may read Russell’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you can sign the guestbook, order flowers, or share a personal message to the family.